Sometime this month, one under-the-radar college program will likely earn the glass slipper badge. Often times it's not just one shock win that earns the Cinderella distinction but rather a run through higher-seeded opponents in the NCAA Tournament that catches the country's attention.With that in mind, Insider looked back through the annals of history to pick out some of the most memorable underdog teams from the last 80 years.The earliest known variant of a little glass slipper folk tale originated in Greece more than 2,000 years ago, but six years before Disney wrote its first Cinderella fantasy, in 1950, a team from Utah wrote its own version.The University of Utah's Redskins booked its ticket to the NCAA tournament through an unusual circumstance, as the Arkansas Razorbacks — who were supposed to compete — withdrew when two players were injured in a car crash.Utah took Arkansas' place in the tournament, and went on to reach the final.Utah overcame underdog status against Dartmouth, when Herb Wilkinson's hit a crucial shot to swing a 40-40 tie in his team's favor, winning the school its only national championship.Source: AP and Bleacher Report.Though this is another entry long before the bracket expanded to 68 teams in 1985, the Dayton Flyers deserve recognition for being an unranked competitor in 1967 and slaying the 6-seeded Western Kentucky, and the 8-seed Tennessee, en route to the Final Four.Those two matches were won by one-possession margins. And even though Dayton defeated No. 4 North Carolina by a seemingly more comfortable 10-point gap, they had to do so after overcoming their opponent's own 10-point lead.They were eventually out-foxed by UCLA, who — led by John Wooden — were in the midst of an unrivaled period of dominance, winning nine championships in 10 years.Sources: NCAA and Bleacher Report.North Carolina State doesn't make some lists for the greatest Cinderella stories in NCAA basketball because it was a No. 6 seed. But the Wolfpack went all the way to the final 40 years ago, defeating heavy favorites along the way.NC State — guided by TV-friendly Jim Valvano — beat Ralph Sampson-led Virginia, and Hakeem Olajuwon's Houston in the final to ultimately clinch the championship, which ended on a Lorenzo Charles buzzer-beater.Watch it right here:Source: NCAA.Villanova kicked off the 68-team-bracket era with a true Cinderella story, starting the tournament as an 8-seed and going all the way to the NCAA title.It remains, to this day, the lowest seed to win the men's championship.Villanova did so despite a 19-10 record entering the tournament, and edging their opponents with scores that never exceeded five points. That carried over to the final, where they faced a fearsome Georgetown team — and won by a nail-biting score of 66-64.Sources: Insider and NCAA.The LSU Tigers became the first 11-seed to reach the Final Four, and if that were not enough history to create, they also beat a No. 3, No. 2, and No. 1 seed in the same tournament — the only team to do so.LSU had an average winning margin of four points in victories over Memphis State, Georgia Tech, and Kentucky.To book their ticket into the national semifinal stage, Ricky Blanton sealed a game-winning bucket, however, eventual champion Louisville dumped the Tigers out of the competition in the Final Four.Sources: NCAA, Insider, and Bleacher Report.Sixth-seeded Kansas won the entire tournament in 1988 and have been considered a Cinderella champion of sorts. However, as Insider previously noted, the Jayhawks didn't exactly have to run a gauntlet to claim the title; they didn't face a ranked opponent until they reached the Elite Eight.The No. 13 Richmond Spiders, meanwhile, made it to the Sweet 16 and only lost to No. 1 Temple.Source: Insider.Few Cinderella teams were as TV-friendly as Loyola Marymount, an 11-seed in 1990, as they averaged an other-worldly 122.4 points per game in the season prior.The Lions were hard to predict because they routed Michigan 149-115 in the second round, before narrowly beating Alabama in a 62-60 nail-biter in the very next game.Loyola Marymount was a team that was still in mourning due to the recent passing of Hank Gathers, its 6-foot-7 point-scoring power forward who died on the court on March 4, 1990 just months after discovering he had an abnormal heartbeat.To celebrate his life, his teammates played the NCAA tournament wearing '44' patches — his jersey number — on their uniforms.A friend of Gathers, Bo Kimble, stepped up and shot an opening free throw from each game left-handed just like Gathers did.UNLV, the eventual champion, eliminated the Lions at the Elite Eight stage.The team then retired Gathers' number.Sources: ESPN, NCAA, Bleacher Report.In 1992-93, a young Steve Nash debuted for Santa Clara, a team that hadn't appeared in the NCAA tournament for five years.Led by the Canadian, though, the Broncos — as a No. 15 seed — outhustled No. 2 Arizona in the first round, with Nash nailing six free throws in succession in the final 30 seconds of the match, helping fend off an Arizona comeback.Sources: NBA.com.The NCAA women's basketball tournament, founded in 1982, produced a Cinderella story of its own in 2005, when the Liberty Lady Flames — who had only ever been eliminated in the first round previously — made a deep run against higher seeds.The 13th-seeded Flames extinguished No. 4 Penn State (78-70) and No. 5 DePaul (88-79) to reach the Sweet 16 against 1-seed LSU.Though the Tigers mauled the Flames by a 42-point margin, no lower seed team has advanced that far in the NCAA tournaments ever since.Sources: NBC Sports and NCAA.George Mason hadn't even won a single NCAA tournament game prior to its deep, Cinderella run in 2006, during which the No. 11 seed edged No. 1 Connecticut in overtime 86-84 in the Elite Eight.The underdog status and the improbable win saw the Patriots write one of the all-time great collegiate stories, encapsulating a lot of what makes March Madness so great.They made it all the way to the Final Four — only the second 11-seed in men's history to reach that stage.Source: Insider, NCAA, and Bleacher Report.If ever there was a year for chaos, 2011 was it, showcasing numerous teams befitting of the Cinderella tag.One of the most notable was Davidson, which featured a little-known super-scorer named Steph Curry, who averaged 34.3 points, 3.7 assists, and four steals in a run against Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Wisconsin.As a taste for what was to come over the coming decades, Curry also nailed 52.8% of his three-pointers.Prior to 2011, Davidson hadn't won a single NCAA tournament game for 42 years, but with his help, it made through to the Elite Eight, where the Wildcats fell to eventual champion Kansas.Source: NCAA.Butler made it to the championship game in back-to-back years, losing out in 2010 when a buzzer-beater from Gordon Hayward — who would go on to play for Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics — rimmed out.Though the Bulldogs had a shot the following year, they still entered the 2011 NCAA tournament as an 8-seed.In their run that year, they edged Old Dominion, upset the odds to slay Pittsburgh, before beating Wisconsin and Florida.Butler lost to Connecticut in the final.Source: Insider.Coach Shaka Smart led VCU — which began the NCAA tournament as one of the eight teams in the First Four — to three comfortable wins in a row, winning by an average 17 points thanks to his full-court press strategy.After a narrow win over Florida State in the Sweet 16, they bested Kansas by 10 points in the Elite Eight to become only the third-ever No. 11 team to reach the Final Four.However, the Butler Bulldogs ended the Rams' incredible run.Sources: Bleacher Report and NCAA.The NCAA women's tournament also had a Cinderella story of its own in 2011, as Gonzaga, which had been riding an 18-game hot streak into the tourney, extended that run to 21 with wins of 6-seed Iowa and No. 3 UCLA.Gonzaga made history as the lowest seed to reach a regional final but, from there, the magic ran dry as No. 1 Stanford snapped the streak with a 83-60 win and heroics from Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who returned 23 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford.Sources: NCAA and ESPN.Two years after the chaos from 2011, and there was yet more history to make as Florida Gulf Coast became the first 15-seed in history to reach the Sweet 16 stage.What's more, Florida Gulf Coast did it with such flair that they became known as Dunk City because of their highlight-worthy, fan-friendly style of play.Source: NCAA.One of the last great Cinderella stories in March Madness was written five years ago and featured Loyola Chicago, some sweet basketball, and an even sweeter superfan, Sister Jean.This is a glass-slipper tale that had all the ingredients, as the 11th-seeded Ramblers upset 6-seed Miami, 3-seed Tennessee, 7-seed Nevada, and 9-seed Kansas State.Michigan eventually beat the Ramblers in the Final Four.Source: NCAA.